Walsall player 155. David Sloan,

David Sloan, (born 28 October 1941), is a former Northern Irish professional footballer who played for Scunthorpe United, Oxford United and Walsall. He also made two international appearances for Northern Ireland while at Oxford United, in the process becoming the first player to receive an international cap whilst at the club.

David Sloan

The following is taken from Northern Ireland Footballing Greats.

David Sloan

Name: David Sloan
Born: 28 October 1941, Lisburn
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 12.07 st
Position: Winger

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1968-1970), 1 Under-23 Cap (1964), 2 Amateur Caps / 1 Goal (1962-1963), 1 Youth Cap.
Club Honours: (with Oxford) Football League Division Three Champion 1967/68.

Club Career:

Teams Seasons Signed Fee League FA Cup FL Cup Others
Bangor Amateur
Scunthorpe United 63/64-67/68 Nov-63 133 (3)/42 4(0)/0 5(0)/0
Oxford United 67/68-72/73 Feb-68 £9,500 166 (6)/28 7(3)/1 15(0)/4 1(0)/0
Walsall 73/74-74/75 Jul-73 Free 44 (5)/ 5 2(0)/0 20(1)/4
TOTALS £9.500 343(14)/76 13(3)/1 20(1)/4 1(0)/0

A tenacious but skilful player, Dave Sloan also packed a powerful shot. Until his early-20s he worked in the shipyard and played amateur football with Bangor. In September 1963 Sloan won his second amateur international cap, against England at the Oval – he scored the winning goal to give Ireland there first win in that fixture for ten years and push the Irish towards the Home Nations Amateur Championship.

A little over a month after that match against England, Sloan was transferred to Scunthorpe United. He starred right across the forward line for the Iron, but normally on the right wing. An effective goalscorer, he scored a hattrick against Grimsby on the way to a seasonal total of 14 in 1965/66.

Early good form for Scunthorpe saw Sloan add an Under-23 cap to those he had previously won at Youth and Amateur level as he played at inside-right in a 3-3 draw with Wales in February 1964. He had to wait another four years, until after a move to Oxford United, to appear in a full international.

In five years at the Manor Ground Sloan’s continued all-effort displays made him popular with the fans and in 1968 he scored the goal that clinched the Third Division title. In all he won two Northern Ireland caps while with the Us and was proud to take to the field with stars such as George Best, Pat Jennings and Derek Dougan all of whom were playing at a much higher level than he was.

After finishing his League career with two years at Walsall, Sloan worked as a steelworker in Scunthorpe and later as a caretaker at a primary school in Burton. In 2004 Sloan hit the headlines when, 34 years after his last appearance, he finally received his international caps.

Sloan’s Lost Caps
Rage-Online – Oxford Career in Detail

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
10-09-1968 Israel A W 3-2 FR
11-11-1970 Spain. A L 0-3 ECQ

Summary: 2/0. Won 1, drew 0, Lost 1.

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
05-02-1964 Wales. H D 3-3 FR

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
29-09-1962 England A L 2-3
28-09-1963 England H W 2-1 1 Goal


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